Robin Yount and Ben Oglivie each hit two-run homers and RBI doubles yesterday in Boston to power the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox.
Yount hit his third homer of the season into the left field screen in the third inning and Oglivie broke a 2-2 tie with his third homer into the right field stands in the fifth.
Yount and Oglivie each hit RBI doubles in the seventh when the Brewers shelled Jeff Sellers (0-2). Yount's double brought in reliever Joe Sambito, who gave up Oglivie's double and an RBI single to Billy Jo Robidoux that made it 7-3.
Juan Nieves (6-2) allowed three runs on nine hits. He left with runners on first and second with no outs in the eighth, and Mark Clear finished with two hitless innings for his fifth save. "I was really pumped up today," said Clear. "We played good here and won two of three, picked up a few games and now let's get out of here quietly."
Boston's Wade Boggs went one for two to raise his major league-leading average to .380 before aggravating a rib injury he suffered last Monday when he fell against a hotel sofa while pulling off his cowboy boots.
"The doctor Arthur Pappas said it's not broken, but it's as close to it that it can be," said Boggs, who turned 28 yesterday. "It's more like a sprained rib than a bruised one. . . .
"When my lungs expand I can't breathe, my legs don't work and it's very difficult to relax."
His average has dropped from .404 on June 7.
Royals 6, Angels 5: Buddy Biancalana hit his second home run in two games and Steve Balboni and Frank White also homered as visiting Kansas City held on.
White's eighth homer, following a walk to George Brett, gave the Royals a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Biancalana's homer in the fifth and Balboni's three-run homer in the sixth made it 6-0.
Charlie Leibrandt (6-5) allowed seven hits in 7 2/3 innings. He had a 6-2 lead with two out in the eighth when he gave up two singles. Reliever Steve Farr walked two, forcing home a run. Dan Quisenberry allowed Bobby Grich's two-run double before ending the threat and getting his fifth save.
Mariners 10, White Sox 5: In Seattle, Dave Henderson and Steve Yeager hit two-run singles, keying a six-run eighth inning that gave the Mariners their third straight victory, despite a triple play by Chicago.
With one out in the eighth, John Moses walked and scored on Phil Bradley's double down the left field line. After another out and a walk to Jim Presley, Ken Phelps hit a grounder cut off by second baseman Julio Cruz. Phelps just beat the throw, as Bradley scored from second. Bob James replaced Joel McKeon (2-1) and gave up a double to Spike Owen, sandwiched between Henderson's and Yeager's RBI singles.
Chicago's triple play came in the second. With Alvin Davis on third and Presley on first, Phelps hit a shallow fly ball to Jerry Hairston in left. Hairston threw out Davis at the plate and Presley was thrown out at second by catcher Carlton Fisk. It was the third triple play in the major leagues this season. Seattle had one May 13 against Milwaukee and Atlanta caught San Diego earlier this month.
Blue Jays 9, Tigers 6: Pinch-hitter Garth Iorg's three-run homer keyed a seven-run Toronto rally in the sixth. Jesse Barfield hit a two-run double during the inning, which overcame a 5-2 deficit.
The loss was the 12th in 16 games for visiting Detroit. Tigers Manager Sparky Anderson was ejected in the fifth and catcher Lance Parrish in the sixth by home plate umpire Dale Scott for arguing balls and strikes.
"He was missing a lot of calls," said Parrish. "Finally . . . I turned and said, 'Where is the pitch?' He said to me, 'You're slapping the ball around back here and then you question my calls?'
"That ticked me off -- you can only take so much. Things were bad enough, and then to have a guy abuse you like that . . . . "
Twins 7, Indians 3: Roy Smalley hit a two-run homer five pitches after Kent Hrbek's solo homer in the fourth inning of Minnesota's victory in Cleveland. Gary Gaetti was three for three with a homer and RBI single as Minnesota boosted its major league-leading home run total to 93.
Frank Viola (6-5) allowed three runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked none in his AL-leading 15th start.
A's 9, Rangers 2: In Oakland, Chris Codiroli pitched six shutout innings and the A's capitalized on the wildness of Texas rookie Bobby Witt. Codiroli (5-7) gave up five hits and no walks, striking out four. Tony Phillips, Dave Kingman, Mike Davis and Stan Javier had two RBI apiece for Oakland.
Witt (3-5) walked seven in the first three innings and gave up six hits and seven runs in four innings. "He's an emotional guy who throws hard and tends to get upset," Rangers Manager Bobby Valentine said. "But you will hear a lot from Bobby Witt before this season is over."